Kapu a small town in the Udupi district of Karnataka is a coastal town that consists of four villages. 13kms south of Udupi, Kaup, which is pronounced as Kapu, is famous for its lighthouse and the three Goddess Durga temples and a fort built by Tippu Sultan. The town lies between Udupi and Mangalore on National Highway 66. Scenic on the shores of the Arabian Sea, many films have been shot at Kapu. The sunrise and sunset in the backdrop of light house at Kapu is one of the main attractions of the place.
Places to Stay
The best place to stay is the Kapu Beach resort (Rs.1500 onwards). Other than these travellers can stay at Udupi where a vast range of budget accommodation is available. Some of them are Palm Grove Beach Resort(Tariff- Rs.1200-Rs.2200), Kediyoor Hotel (Tariff- Rs.600-Rs.2000)
The Kaup Beach Ustava attracts a lot of tourists for its sand art. The annual 'Ati Mari Puje’ festival at the historically famous temple of Goddess Mariyamma is usually thronged by thousands of devotees all over the state and even neighbouring states.
The language predominantly spoken in this town is Kannada.
Places to visit
Other than the lighthouse and the Tipu Sultan fort the temples around the area includes Anegudde, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple and the Lord Kotilingeshwara Temple, which is loacetd about 1-2kms from the bus stand. Neighbouring town Udupi has a lot more tourist places of interest.
How to Get There
The airport near Kapu is the Mangalore Airport
The nearest railway station is at Udupi
There are many buses that pass via Kapu bus stand from Udupi and Mangalore. Some of the well-known bus operators include VRL Travels, Pragathi Tourist Corporation and Sri Durgamba Travels. Numerous travel websites provide discount coupons for bus booking frequently to their customers.
Gangavathi is a town, municipality and taluka (administrative division) in the Koppal district (which was earlier the part of district Raichur) of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is situated close to Tungabhadra dam.Gangavathi is a commercial centre and a major focal point for the rice milling industry. It is also known as Rice Bowl of Karnataka.
Budget Hotels in Gangavathi
There are few places to stay in Gangavathi which are also economical.They include Hotel Sarvesh Gangavathi (Tariff Rs 665 onwards), Satkar Deluxe Lodge (Teriff Rs 500 onwards), Hotel Brundavan (Rs 500 onwards), Hotel Sarvesh(Rs 500 onwards) [All within 1 KM from Gangavathi Bus Stand]
Events in Gangavathi
Pongal, Ugadi, Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali are mojor festivals at Gangavathi. It mostly falls on January 14 as per English calendar. Yugadi or Ugadi falls on a different day every year because the Hindu calendar is a lunar calendar and is the New Year's Day for the people of the Deccan region of India.Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in August-September is one of the most awaited events in Gangavathi.
Kannada is the local language at Gangavathi.
Places to See in Gangavathi
Gangavathi is well connected with famous tourist spots. The notable tourist attractions near Gangavathi are:Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) south-west of the town, which includes the Virupaksha Temple, the villages of Kanakagiri and Anegundi, and gurus' tombs at Nava Brindavana.
How to Get There
Nearest Airport to Gangavathi is Bellary (77 KM away) and another major airport is Bangalore International Airport which is around 360 KM from Gangavathi.
Nearest Railway Station is Hospet which is 45 KMs away and another major Railways Station is Koppal.
Gangavathi is connected by road to Hampi, Hospet, Bangalore ,Hyderabad ,Mantralayam , Hubli and Bellary. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs buses to chief towns and cities in Karanataka. Utilising a bus ticket booking coupon can save your money when you buy your tickets.